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Crispy Air Fryer Chickpeas (4 Different Flavors)

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This quick and easy Crispy Air Fryer Chickpeas recipe is perfect when craving a delicious snack. You can season with salt and pepper or any of these four flavor combinations.

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I use my Air Fryer quite often. It’s not only for fries, wings, and steak…I also make delicious, quick, and easy snacks. I enjoy using the air fryer for quick snacks with frozen foods.

My favorite snack is chickpeas. I like grabbing a chickpea can and putting it in the air fryer. I roast them, and in less than 20 minutes, I have a delicious snack. They’re also great as a salad topper.

I’ve been roasting chickpeas for a while. They’re healthy for you, high in fiber, and are tasty and much less expensive than other snacks you can purchase.

I used to roast them in my oven but found that roasting chickpeas in the oven gave inconsistent results. I can’t stand grabbing one chickpea that is super crispy while the next is a soft, wet mess. The Air Fryer made every single chickpea crispy.

air fryer chickpeas in glass bowls close up

Ingredients Needed

  • A can of chickpeas
  • Oil to spray on chickpeas
  • Seasonings

How to make Crispy Air Fryer Chickpeas

First, open and drain a 15.5-oz can of garbanzo beans. Garbanzo beans and chickpeas are the same. I don’t bother rinsing them, but you can do it if you like; make sure to drain them in a colander.

chickpeas drained in a pink colander

Next, add the drained chickpeas to the air fryer basket, spreading them out across the bottom.

This is how we’ll dry the chickpeas before we add oil.

drained chickpeas in air fryer basket

Close the air fryer basket and set the temperature to 390 degrees Fahrenheit. Set the timer for 17 minutes. After 5 minutes, open the air fryer basket. At this point, your chickpeas should be dry and ready for you to spray them with oil.

I fill my spray bottle with oil for my air fryer cooking.

dried chickpeas in air fryer basket

After spraying the chickpeas with oil, I close the air fryer basket. Then, I continue the cooking cycle and shake the basket every 5 minutes.

When there are about 2 minutes left, I add half of my seasoning combination. This allows the chickpeas to roast without the seasonings burning or falling off.

seasoned chickpeas in bowls

Continue to cook for the last 2 minutes, and then remove the chickpeas. If you need a little crispier, put them in for a few more minutes. I found that the 17-minute total cooking time was perfect for the chickpeas in my Phillips Air Fryer.

After cooking the chickpeas, place them in a large bowl and pour the remaining seasoning on them. Stir to coat the seasoning on all the chickpeas. Allow them to cool and enjoy.

How to enjoy your chickpeas

These chickpeas can be enjoyed individually as a snack or used in your favorite recipes. Try them on top of a salad in place of croutons.

The Best Oil to Use

For crunchy chickpeas, it’s best to use a light oil with a high smoke point, such as avocado oil, which coats well without weighing down the chickpeas or burning them at high temperatures.

Seasoning Options

I suggest you use your favorite seasoning choice. I’ve included a few in the recipe card below.

Tanya’s Notes on Air Fryer chickpeas

  • The best results were obtained by drying the chickpeas in the Air Fryer before adding the oil. They should be dry after 5 minutes.
  • How long it takes to cook the chickpeas will depend on the Air Fryer brand and size. I suggest checking the doneness of your chickpeas after 15 minutes.
  • Add half of the seasoning before the last 2 minutes of air frying and the remainder when the chickpeas are done. I noticed that when I added seasoning too early, it would fall off the chickpeas or taste burnt.
  • If you want to make these ahead or have leftover chickpeas, you can store them in a paper bag for a couple of days. I found that storing them in a paper bag was the best way to keep them crispy.
  • Have fun with the seasonings! The possibilities are endless.
  • The chickpeas may pop in the air fryer. This is normal, just be careful when removing them from the air fryer.
  • You do not need to remove the skin from the chickpeas.
Hand picking up air fryer chickpeas

I hope you enjoy this healthy snack of roasted chickpeas!

If you’re looking for more Air Fryer recipes, try these out:

Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites

Breaded Potato Wedges

Air Fryer Apple Chips

Easy Air Fryer Recipes for Beginners

Air Fryer Granola

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Crispy Air Fryer Chickpeas

This quick and easy Crispy Air Fryer Chickpea recipe is perfect for when you are craving a delicious snack. You can season with salt and pepper or any of the 4 flavor combinations that’s provided. 
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer chickpeas
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 3 people
Calories 126kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

  • 15.5 oz can Garbanzo beans drained
  • Oil for spraying

Seasonings

    Cinnamon Sugar

    • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
    • ½ teaspoon Cinnamon

    Ranch

    • 1 Tablespoon ranch dressing packet

    Chili Lime

    BBQ

    Instructions

    • Place chickpeas in Air Fryer basket. Set temperature to 390 degrees Fahrenheit and timer to 17 minutes. After 5 minutes, open basket and spray chickpeas with oil and shake basket. Close and continue air frying, shaking about every 5 minutes.
    • With about 2 minutes left, open air fryer basket and sprinkle half of the seasoning on the chickpeas. Close and continue air frying for the remaining 2 minutes. Once chickpeas are done, remove and place in a bowl. Sprinkle remainder of the seasoning on the chickpeas and stir to combine. Serve and enjoy.

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    Notes

    Suggested Tools for Air fryer Chickpeas

    I recommend spraying with an oil with a high smoke point. Avocado, olive oil, vegetable oil, or canola oil all work fine.
    *Calorie information provided does not include seasonings. 

    Nutrition

    Calories: 126kcal
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    This post was originally published on February 19, 2019. It has been updated with additional helpful information.

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    Suzanne

    Saturday 11th of May 2024

    I have tried to make these so many different ways and never liked the result. THIS IS PERFECT! You addressed all of my problems from the past. ha ha I am resisting having last night's snack leftovers as breakfast today. THANK YOU!!!!!!

    Tanya

    Monday 13th of May 2024

    Thanks so much, Suzanne! Chickpeas as a part of breakfast sounds like a yummy idea.

    Kathy

    Tuesday 2nd of April 2024

    I found some parchment paper liners on Amazon and they are terrific.

    Ranae

    Sunday 17th of March 2024

    I did the barbecue seasoning which is delicious, will use parchment paper next time! Thank you for a wonderful snake idea!

    Tanya

    Monday 18th of March 2024

    Thanks Ranae, so happy you liked the recipe :)

    Glenda

    Tuesday 6th of February 2024

    I just made the cinnamon sugar version. 😱 Delicious. I'm afraid I'm going to eat the entire can. I did reduce the temp to 350deg. Came out perfect.

    Tanya

    Tuesday 6th of February 2024

    Thanks Glenda! So happy you liked the chickpeas!

    Theresa

    Saturday 26th of August 2023

    I enjoyed these...is there a way to prevent several falling through the cracks to the bottom? I will also spray a second time or take out to season then put back in. I followed directions but seasoning didn't stick that well. Thanks for the wonderful idea!!

    Tanya

    Monday 28th of August 2023

    Hey Theresa, you could try adding some parchment paper to the bottom to stop them from dropping through. Just make sure the chickpeas are on the paper before starting the air fryer, or else the paper will fly up into the heating element.